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ACT Labor MLA Michael Pettersson says his bill to legalise cannabis for personal use is gathering "overwhelming" support from the community, while a Canberra health expert believes the legalising of cannabis could have a positive effect. Mr Pettersson will introduce a bill to legalise cannabis for personal use during the next sitting week which would mean Canberrans possessing up to 50g...
Sport
Capital Football has come under fire from the ACT football community after announcing they will pay referees more money to officiate men's matches compared to women's matches next season. Capital Football released their referee match fees for the 2019 winter season on Monday (26 November). Central referees will be paid an extra $42 to officiate an NPL first-grade match compared...
Environment
It's cold and the rain is falling steadily. As a brutal drought grips much of eastern Australia, is this good news? Is the drought finally breaking? Unfortunately, no. Professor Janette Lindesay from the ANU's Fenner School of the Environment is one of Australia's most distinguished climatologists. She says that while steady soaking rain is welcome, the long-term outlook for most...
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A bunch of Bega Valley locals have headed west to bring good times, support, and hope to drought-affected communities around Parkes. The Band Together Farmers concert (November 17) comes from the same crew that rocked and re-energised Tathra with Band Together after the March 18 bushfires. Led by former police officer Darren Jones, the local crew also included Jess Ryan, Peter...
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The Eurobodalla has turned out to raise more than $30,000 for drought-affected local farmers and those in the region's sister shire - Cobar. More than 450 people came along to Eurobodalla Raindance events at Batemans Bay, Moruya and Narooma on Friday night (November 23) to raise the funds. Eurobodalla Mayor Liz Innes says the events were a beautiful example of...
Economy
Nothing says it's been a big year like planting your nine-millionth seed. The Blowering Nursery at Tumut done just that, their nine-millionth pine seed for the year has just been put in a pot as part the annual six-week sowing program. This is the start of a journey that will see that seed become a seedling that the nursery will dispatch...
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Despite overwhelming community opposition to the installation of a sewerage plant for Gundaroo, Yass Valley Council is still pushing ahead with plans. The growing village, 40kms north of Canberra, has hitherto relied on on-site eco sewerage and septic systems, which are maintained by the owners. Residents also rely on tank and bore water only. The issue brings up questions as...
What's On
As Braidwood prepares for its biggest weekend of the year, there is also a sense of sadness. The 24th Annual Quilt Event & Airing of the Quilts will be held this weekend (November 24/25), but this will be the last year for the Braidwood Quilt Shop. Proprietor June Weatherston has been a stalwart of the quilting fraternity for decades and...
News
The government's bold new vision for the future includes a digital ID profile that promises to end Centrelink queues or endless waiting on the phone. But woe betide you if your internet access isn't up to scratch for these major life transactions, as it is for many in Tuggeranong and rural areas surrounding the ACT. Speaking at the National Press...
Economy
Given the opportunity to taste your choice of more than 1000 of the finest wines in Australia, all identified by the nation’s most qualified judges, you will need a strategy. For two hours this Saturday after the National Wine Show of Australia identifies the winners at Exhibition Park in Canberra, 300 people will have such an opportunity. Chairman of the...
Economy
More than 300 people will celebrate excellence in Canberra’s growing tourism industry at the 2018 Canberra Region Tourism Awards gala dinner on Friday, November 23. Showcasing the region’s best and most innovative tourism organisations, leaders and initiatives, the prestigious annual awards will embrace a Masquerade Ball theme this year at the newly-refurbished Hotel Realm. Entrants will contest more than 30...
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Pambula Preschool says a five-year battle with the NSW Government has placed it in a legal limbo and cost it hundreds of thousands of dollars in potential funding and is jeopardising its future. Spokesperson Glenn Merrick says what should have been a very simple lease renewal with NSW Crown Lands has turned into an epic battle that has prevented the preschool...
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The long-serving Mayor of Cobar in 'way out central west' New South Wales says her community is grateful for the thoughts and efforts of the Eurobodalla in these dry, distressing times. Lilliane Brady OAM is the longest serving female mayor in NSW. She has just been elected as Mayor for her nineteenth year, having served as a councillor for 35 years. "If my husband was...
Property
A landmark 1868 residence which was once used as a boarding school for young ladies is on the market in Goulburn’s ‘blue ribbon’ period home precinct. ‘Rosscraig’ at 238 Cowper Street combines the charm of a bygone era with modern conveniences and a good use of natural light. On the market for $995,000, the four-bedroom two-bathroom home sits on a...
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A new report says it is more expensive to treat patients at the Canberra Hospital than any other major public hospital in the country, but ACT Health says it is making progress in reducing costs. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report Hospital Performance: Costs of acute admitted patients in public hospitals from 2012–13 to 2014–15 shows the Canberra Hospital...
Arts & Culture
When Philippe Ravenel was fourteen and growing up in the Swiss village of Trelex, he went to Southern France and saw a blacksmith plaiting metal. “I saw his work and thought: ‘that’s what I want to do," Ravenel says during an open forge at his Cobargo property known as Galba Forge. After completing four years at a trade school in...
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